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GE 14 Owner's Manual

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Owner's Manual
14, 16, 17, 18
Part No. 162D6736P004
Pub. No.39-6424-1
9-99 JR



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  • Page 1 Owner’s Manual Models 14, 16, 17, 18 Refrigerators TOP-MOUNT NO-FROST Part No. 162D6736P004 Pub. No.39-6424-1 9-99 JR...
  • Page 2 Congratulations! Welcome to our family. We’re proud of our Best of all, you’ll experience these values quality products and we are committed to each time you use your refrigerator. That’s providing dependable service. You’ll see it in important, because your new refrigerator will this easy-to-use Owner’s Manual and you’ll be part of your family for many years.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Read this Manual Automatic Icemaker ..13 Inside you will find many Care and Cleaning ..14–16 helpful hints on how to use and maintain your refrigerator properly. Just a little preventive...
  • Page 4: Safety Precautions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING. WARNING! Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this Owner’s Manual. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following: This refrigerator must be Keep fingers out of the properly installed and “pinch point”...
  • Page 5: Proper Disposal

    DANGER! RISK OF CHILD ENTRAPMENT PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE REFRIGERATOR Child entrapment and suffocation are not problems of the past. Junked or abandoned refrigerators are still dangerous…even if they will sit for “just a few days.” If you are getting rid of your old refrigerator, please follow the instructions below to help prevent accidents.
  • Page 6: How To Connect Electricity

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING. WARNING! HOW TO CONNECT ELECTRICITY Do not, under any circumstances, cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord. For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded. The power cord of this appliance is equipped with a 3-prong (grounding) plug which mates with a standard 3-prong (grounding) wall outlet to minimize the possibility of electric shock hazard from this appliance.
  • Page 7: Use Of Extension Cords

    The larger slot in the adapter must be aligned with the larger slot in the wall outlet to provide proper polarity in the connection of the power cord. When disconnecting the power cord from the adapter, always hold the adapter in place with one hand while pulling the power cord plug with the other hand.
  • Page 8: Temperature Control Dial

    About the temperature control dial. Turning the dial to OFF stops cooling in both compartments— fresh food and freezer. Control Settings Temperature Control Dial The temperature control dial has nine settings plus OFF . 1 is the warmest. 9 is the coldest. At first, set the dial at 5 . After using the refrigerator, adjust the dial if necessary.
  • Page 9: Shelves

    About the fresh food compartment shelves. Shelf supports at various levels allow you to custom-space your shelves. Not all features are on all models. Half-Width Shelves One end of the shelf rests on a molded side-wall 2 Lift up and out support;...
  • Page 10 About the freezer compartment shelves. Some models have an ice-tray shelf and some have a full-width step shelf. Ice-Tray Shelf Plug Supports To remove the ice-tray shelf: Lift the left side of the shelf off its supports, then pull the shelf to the left to free it of the plug supports.
  • Page 11: Storage Drawers

    About the storage drawers. Not all features are on all models. Fruit and Vegetable Drawers Excess water that may accumulate in the bottom of the drawers should be emptied and the drawers wiped dry. Utility Drawer The utility drawer can be moved to the most useful location for your family’s needs.
  • Page 12 About storage drawer and cover removal. Not all features are on all models. Drawer and Cover Removal Drawers will stop before coming all the way out of the refrigerator to help prevent contents from spilling onto the floor. These drawers can be removed easily by grasping the sides and lifting up slightly while pulling drawers past the stop location.
  • Page 13: Automatic Icemaker

    About the automatic icemaker. A newly-installed refrigerator may take 8 to 12 hours to begin making ice. Automatic Icemaker (on some models) Feeler arm Icemaker in the STOP The icemaker will produce eight cubes per cycle— (up) position approximately 100 cubes in a 24-hour period, depending on freezer compartment temperature, room temperature, number of door openings and other use conditions.
  • Page 14: Care And Cleaning

    Care and cleaning of the refrigerator. Cleaning the Outside The door handles and trim (on some models). Clean with a cloth dampened with soapy water. Dry with a soft cloth. Keep the outside clean. Wipe with a clean cloth lightly dampened with kitchen appliance wax or mild liquid dish detergent.
  • Page 15 Under the Refrigerator For most efficient operation, keep the area under the refrigerator clean. Turn the temperature control dial to OFF. Sweep away or vacuum up dust. For best results, use a brush specially designed for this Clean the condenser coils at least once a year.
  • Page 16 Care and cleaning of the refrigerator. Light Bulb Replacement To replace a burned out bulb, unplug the refrigerator from its electrical outlet, unscrew the bulb when cool and replace it with an appliance bulb of the same or lower wattage. Turning the control to the OFF position does not remove power to the light circuit.
  • Page 17: Preparing To Install The Refrigerator

    Preparing to install the refrigerator. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Water Supply to the Icemaker (on some models) If the refrigerator has an icemaker, or if you plan to add an icemaker later, it will have to be connected to a cold water line. A water supply kit (containing copper tubing, shutoff valve, fittings and instructions) is available at extra cost from your dealer or from Parts and Accessories, 800-626-2002.
  • Page 18 Preparing to install the refrigerator. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Rollers and Leveling Legs Leveling legs near each front corner of the refrigerator are adjustable. They firmly position the refrigerator and prevent it from moving when the doors are opened.
  • Page 19: Water Line Installation

    Installing the water line. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Before You Begin This water line installation is not warranted by the refrigerator or icemaker manufacturer. Follow these instructions carefully to minimize the risk of expensive water damage. Water hammer (water banging in the pipes) in house plumbing can cause damage to refrigerator parts and lead to water leakage or flooding.
  • Page 20: Installing The Water Line

    Installing the water line. Read these instructions completely and carefully. What You Will Need To determine how much copper tubing you need: Measure the distance from the water valve on the back of the refrigerator to the water supply pipe. Then add 8 feet (244 cm). Be sure there is sufficient extra tubing [about 8 feet (244 cm) coiled into 3 turns of about 10 inches (25 cm) diameter] to allow the refrigerator to move out from the wall after installation.
  • Page 21 Shut Off the Main Water Supply Turn on the nearest faucet long enough to clear the line of water. Install the Shutoff Valve Install the shutoff valve on the nearest frequently used drinking water line. Choose a location for the valve that is easily accessible. It is best to connect into the side of a vertical water pipe.
  • Page 22 Installing the water line. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Route the Copper Tubing and Connect It to the Shutoff Valve Route the copper tubing between the cold water line and the refrigerator. Route the tubing through a hole drilled in the wall or floor (behind the refrigerator or adjacent base cabinet) as close to the wall as possible.
  • Page 23 Connect the Tubing to the Refrigerator Before making the connection to the refrigerator, be sure the refrigerator power cord is not plugged into the wall outlet. We recommend installing a water filter if your water supply has sand or particles that could clog the screen of the refrigerator’s water valve.
  • Page 24: Reversing The Door Swing

    Reversing the door swing. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Important Notes When reversing the door swing : Read the instructions all the way through before starting. Handle parts carefully to avoid scratching paint. Set screws down by their related parts to avoid using them in the wrong places.
  • Page 25: Removing The Doors

    Removing the doors. Before Removing the Doors Unplug the refrigerator from its electrical outlet. Empty all door shelves, including the dairy compartment. CAUTION: Do not let either door drop to the floor. To do so could damage the door stop. Remove the Freezer Door Tape the door shut with masking tape.
  • Page 26 Removing the doors/Reversing the hardware. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Remove the Fresh Food Door Tape the door shut with masking tape. Using a 5/16″ hex-head socket screwdriver and a 5/16″ open-end wrench, remove the two screws holding the center hinge (and the shim glued to it) to the cabinet.
  • Page 27: Reversing The Door Handles

    Reversing the door handles. Transfer Top Hinge to the Left Interchange hinge (and the shim glued to it) and screws at top right with screws at top left of cabinet. Do not tighten screws on hinge side at this time. Some hinges have four holes.
  • Page 28 Rehanging the doors. Read these instructions completely and carefully. Transfer Door Stop Move the metal door stop from Move any screws from the left end the right end to the left end. Use a to the right end. Torxdriver. Right Side Door Stop Left Side Reinstalling the Fresh Food Door Handle...
  • Page 29 Rehang the Fresh Food Door Lower the bottom socket of the fresh food door onto the pin on the bottom hinge. Be sure the washer is in place on the pin. Insert the pin on the center hinge into the socket in the top of the door. NOTE: The center hinge must be turned over as shown when mounted on the left side.
  • Page 30: Normal Operating Sounds

    Normal operating sounds. Depending on the placement of the refrigerator in your kitchen, you may want to place a piece of rubber backed carpet under the refrigerator to reduce noise. The fan circulating air inside the freezer which keeps the temperatures even. Boiling water or a gurgling noise.
  • Page 31: Before You Call For Service

    Before you call for service… Troubleshooting Tips Save time and money! Review the charts on the following pages first and you may not need to call for service. Problem Possible Causes What To Do Wait about 30 minutes for Refrigerator does not Refrigerator in •...
  • Page 32 Before you call for service… Troubleshooting Tips Problem Possible Causes What To Do See About the temperature Fresh food or freezer Temperature control • compartment too warm control dial. dial not set cold enough. Set the temperature Warm weather or •...
  • Page 33 Problem Possible Causes What To Do Empty and wash bin. Ice cubes have Ice storage bin needs • Discard old cubes. odor/taste cleaning. Wrap foods well. Food transmitting odor/ • taste to ice cubes. See Care and cleaning. Interior of refrigerator •...
  • Page 34 Notes...
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  • Page 37: Customer Service Product Registration

    You can rest easy, knowing that all your valuable household products are protected against expensive repairs. 800-626-2224 Place your confidence in GE and call us in the U.S. toll-free at for more information. *All brands covered, up to 20 years old, in the continental U.S.
  • Page 38 Our If you have questions, or need modification. service number is 800 GE more information, call the GE CARES (800-432-2737). Answer Center ® 800.626.2000. Model Number Serial Number...
  • Page 39: Warranty

    All warranty service provided by our Factory Service Centers, ® or an authorized Customer Care technician. For service, call 800-GE-CARES. For The Period Of: We Will Replace, At No Charge To You: Any part of the refrigerator which fails due to a defect One Year in materials or workmanship.
  • Page 40: Service Telephone Numbers

    Expert GE repair service is only a phone call away. Special Needs Service 800.626.2000 TDD 800-TDD-GEAC (800-833-4322) GE offers, free of charge, a brochure to assist in planning a barrier- free kitchen for persons with limited mobility. Service Contracts 800-626-2224 Purchase a GE service contract while your warranty is still in effect and you’ll receive a substantial discount.

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